The group was formed by two enthusiastic beginners whose main aim was to encourage others to improve their health and fitness whilst having fun in the fresh air! We run on a combination of roads, footpaths and bridleways in the lovely South Oxfordshire countryside. In the summer we enjoy running on the towpath by the River Thames and in the winter you’ll find us on country lanes in the Chilterns around the villages of Benson, Ewelme and Chalgrove.
Since the club was established in 2010, we have developed a friendly atmosphere that encourages all our runners to achieve their goals whatever that might be. The group has a wide range of members, from novice runners to those training for marathons. Whatever the distance, everyone is equally welcome.
Many of our members started on the ‘couch (literally!) to 5K’ programme and have been inspired to go on to run 10K’s, half marathons and marathons. Others run for fun on our Saturday morning club runs. We also like to enter our local races including the Chiltern Chase, Chalgrove 10k and the Oxford and Reading half marathons.
…and finally, for us, it’s not just about the running – we are a sociable, like minded group, enjoying getting together throughout the year for organised fun nights out too!
Benson Striders is affiliated to England Athletics and has a number of trained leaders which enables us to run in small groups, according to ability.